Freeway Cap Best Practices & SR-94 Cap Park Study

Project Description

Freeway caps (also called decks) can enable additional uses for land already dedicated to transportation facilities. They can be used to create new parks in urban areas where vacant land is scarce and dense development exists adjacent to freeways.

Caltrans District 11, in coordination with SANDAG and the City of San Diego, worked with a consultant team to study recent developments and best practices for freeway caps, along with potential pros, cons and funding sources. Completed in late 2016, the study:

  • Assess the best practices of freeway cap projects.
  • Engaged the community to develop a vision that considers both the opportunities and challenges for a cap over State Route 94 (SR-94).

Completed Study Materials - December 4, 2018

Visions to Victory: A People's History of the SR-15 Freeway

This 12-minute documentary details the efforts that lead to the new Mid-City Centerline Stations, the only freeway cover park in California (Teralta Park), the SR-15 Commuter Bikeway, Park De La Cruz, Ward Canyon Park, the City Heights Transit Plaza, the Boulevard Transit Plaza, two bike/pedestrian bridges, and more.

Completed Study Materials - December 1, 2016

Past Meetings & Materials

September 27, 2016: Public Open House Meeting

The study concluded with an Open House meeting to review the design concepts, cost estimates and case studies of similar projects.

December 2015: Community Outreach Summary

The design concepts were shown at community events and circulated online throughout Summer and Fall 2015 to gather community input on a preferred vision.

December 16, 2015: Stakeholder Design Review Meeting

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, the Stakeholder Working Group met at the Sherman Heights Community Center to review the design concepts and discuss the study’s next steps.

June 17, 2015: Community Kick-Off Meeting

The first community meeting was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the Sherman Heights Community Center.

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